The Tomb of Bonaparte.Who was Interr'd, at his own request, under some Willow Trees, near a Spring from which / he daily sent for the Water used at his Table _ taken by Capt. Marryat, R.N.,
[London, Published July 20, 1821, by S. & I. Fuller, 34, Rathbone Place.]
Coloured aquatint, rare, printed on J. Whatman paper. Sheet 300 x 395mm (11¾ x 15½"). Trimmed within plate, losing publisher's inscription.
The tomb of Napoleon I on Saint Helena, a plain stone slab within a fenced enclosure guarded by a soldier, with two on-lookers and a tent outside the perimeter. The artist, Captain Frederick Marryat (1792-1848), joined the Navy in 1806 as a midshipman on board Lord Cochran's frigate HMS Imperieuse; in 1820 he visited St Helena, sketching Napoleon on his deathbed and bringing back dispatches announcing the death of Napoleon; and in 1824 he took part in the Anglo-Burmese war, publishing a book of scenes of the campaign. He left the Navy in 1830 to devote himself to writing: his most famous novel, Mr Midshipman Easy, was published in 1836, filmed in 1936 with Hughie Green as Easy.
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